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Angela Ji Xu first joined Avenues in fall 2012 as the head teacher in a Chinese section of kindergarten (children in nursery through grade four at Avenues spend alternate days in a class conducted in English and in a class conducted in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese). In fall 2014, she went on to become the immersion coordinator for Chinese teachers in the Early Learning Center (nursery through kindergarten) and Lower Division (first through fifth grade).
In her role as immersion coordinator, Angela works to ensure benchmarks and standards for the immersion program are met, focusing on daily operation, curriculum evaluation, student assessment, content alignment and professional support.
Before coming to Avenues, Angela taught Mandarin Chinese for five years to students from pre-kindergarten (four-year-olds) through tenth grade, including teaching sixth and eighth grade Chinese language and art in an internship program in the Schenectady (NY) City School District. Prior to that, she was the head teacher for pre-kindergarten children at Bilingual Buds in New York City, where she taught all subjects (math, science, language arts, physical education and art) in Mandarin Chinese. At the H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in the Cape Henlopen School District (Lewes, DE), she taught 600 students from kindergarten through fifth grade in Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing, instructing approximately 120 students a day.
Angela’s additional experience includes time spent as a Chinese instructor at the First State Community Chinese School (Hockessin, DE), where she helped students prepare for the Chinese AP exams and taught Mandarin to ninth and tenth graders. She also taught Mandarin to Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong students at Qing Miao Qin Hang Private School in Hong Kong, with students of various ages and backgrounds.
Angela graduated from the Civil Education Flight University of China (Guanghan, China) and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu, China). She came to the United States in 2008 and received teaching certification from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in teaching from Union Graduate College (Schenectady, NY).
Angela is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She wrote a children’s story, “The Hungry Dragon,” which was presented at the Museum of Chinese in America (NYC) in 2010. In addition to telling stories, she enjoys traveling, movies and cooking.